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Nothing to brag about

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Melvyn Bragg gave arch-planner Sir Peter Hall a good grilling on the radio last week about the latter's new book, which argues that cities generate creativity. (There's a new one, Pete.) But poor Melvyn retreated into subjective experience, arguing that creative thought comes more naturally in the countryside, especially places like the Lake District. And he doesn't even ride in pursuit of the fox, unlike fellow guest Roger Scruton, whose Intelligent Person's Guide to Popular Culture riled Tony Parsons and Germaine Greer. Their essential criticisms boiled down to Scruton not knowing his Schubert from his Oasis.

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